The $250,000 Mihingare Secondary School Scholarships programme is offered by the St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board to help Māori students meet the costs of their secondary schooling. With 30 scholarships worth up to $10,000 each, the Trust aims to enable Māori to succeed as Māori and access quality educational pathways.

The St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria Schools Trust Board, which was set up by the Anglican Church in 1961, has former secondary boarding school sites in Auckland’s Parnell and Bombay Hill. Both have a rich history of delivering education for thousands of Māori and non-Māori, dating back to the early 1930s. Despite considerable resistance, viability concerns forced both schools to close over a decade ago.

Trust Board chairman Bernard Te Paa says his board is elated to be implementing the Mihingare Scholarship Programme, which deliberately targets students with financial need.

“We know many families struggle to cover the increasing costs of secondary schooling, which can include school fees, uniforms, books, equipment including tablets/laptops, travel costs, extra-curricular activities, and these are even higher costs for those who are boarding,” said Te Paa.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who have a connection to the Anglican Church or Māori Anglican Special Character Schools, including whānau of past students of St Stephen’s and Queen Victoria schools.

Generosity New Zealand chief executive Brenda Smith is delighted to add the new scholarship programme to the Generosity funding information.

“To the credit of the Board, mana seems to have been restored with the launch of the Mihingare Scholarship Programme and the opportunity for students to attend other similar schools is highly generous and commendable,” says Smith.

The first Mihingare Scholarship application cycle is open for the 2017 school year with applications closing on 1 November, 2016.  For more information and to apply, visit www.ssqv.co.nz.

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